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Ataman: ”We Got a Clean Victory…”

Anadolu Efes head coach Ergin Ataman, who defeated Manisa Büyükşehir Belediye Spor on the road 95-74 in the eighth-week match of the Türkiye Sigorta Basketball Super League, shared his views after the match:

“There is no distinction between domestic and foreign players in our team. Only players who are out of shape need to work harder. This is the rule of the sport. Athletes cannot keep form without training. That's why we kept the players that we will not use in the Euroleague this week in Istanbul and gave them an intense training program. However, there are those who are disturbed by it. Especially the Euroleague Players Association was very disturbed by this. They opened an investigation against us for training these players here. But we are looking at the result. We are a big club. No one can interfere in our internal affairs. Whom we will recruit, and how much training we will have... The result is obvious, these players came out and played today. We came here yesterday evening with a busy schedule. We had the chance to rest our headliners today. We never put Clyburn on the field, Zizic only played for five minutes at the start of the game. In this way, the players who stayed in Istanbul and worked with an intense training tempo yielded. After all, these types of matches are dangerous matches. When you look at it, there are five foreign players in the Manisa Büyükşehir Belediye Spor. Your opponent is waiting for you for a week to play. The audience and the atmosphere of the hall are very nice. We got a clear win. Congratulations to my players. Today my assistant Yakup Eightkök directed the match. We planned this before the game. Just like our headliners, we talked, “I'll rest today, Yakup you lead the match.” He had already analyzed the match. I could not analyze the Manisa Büyükşehir Belediye match. We played a very good league match. We will continue this way. No one can interfere in our internal affairs. Now, next Thursday, we have a Euroleague match against Olympiacos at Sinan Erdem Dome, we will concentrate on it. It's a very tough match. Every match in the Euroleague takes place in the final mood. We will definitely go out to win this game. Our team is in good shape, we need to keep it going. After we get through this match, we will prepare for the Pınar Karşıyaka match, which we will play in the league.”